In a match that was a microcosm of their season, the Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts had most of the play and the better chances but found themselves on the end of another frustratingly narrow defeat against one of the WaiBOP Premiership’s top four teams.
The Swifts had the majority of the possession in this match and looked good at times, if not overly incisive, against a team that was set up to frustrate and attack on the counter.
Brad West hit the upright from distance in the opening stages in what turned out to be an example of the way this match run.
The visitors scored the only goal of the match on 19 minutes after one of their players was allowed too much space down the right. His incisive run and cross was expertly finished in what was the visitors’ only clear cut chance of the match.
Matamata had two excellent chances to draw level before the break. Scott Parsonage headed wide and Ronan Costello left the Old Blues keeper stranded with a shot that also missed the target. The Swifts have struggled for goals all season and these were two examples of their lack of a cutting edge.
The visitors remained resolute in defence and were limited to shots from distance that rarely troubled Jordan Wise in the Swifts goal.
Matamata had more of the play after the break but lacked the cutting edge required to open up their opponents. They defended well on the rare occasions they had to but drew another blank against opponents who were there for the taking.
The Swifts remain in seventh in the twelve team WaiBOP Premiership and will be looking to finish their season positively in their two remaining home games.
|September 12, 2015||2:45 pm||WaiBOP Premiership||2015|
|7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|2||Gary Dobson 22||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|15||Will Judson 21||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|21||Callum Barr 15||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|22||Chris Monteith 2||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|